Pentecostal and Postmodern Hermeneutics: Comparisons and Contemporary Impact

Pentecostal and Postmodern Hermeneutics: Comparisons and Contemporary Impact

by Bradley Truman Noel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606089057
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2010
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bradley Truman Noel is the Director of Pentecostal Studies and Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry at Tyndale University College, Toronto.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

1 Defining the Issues 1

Problem Stated

Definitions and Limitations

Pentecostalism and Postmodernity: A Desirable Partnership?

Thesis Defined

Postmodernity: A Summary

2 Postmodernity: A Brief Summary 16

Postmodernism: An Overview

Postmodern Philosophers

Varieties of Postmodernism

Postmodernity: The Key Tenets

Postmodernism and Evangelicalism: A Critique


3 The Role of Experience, Rationalism, and Narratives in Early Pentecostal Hermeneutics 44

Early Pentecostal Experience and Rejection of Rationalism

The Pentecostal Story: The Latter Rain Metanarrative

The Pentecostal Story: The Importance of the Testimony


4 Late Twentieth-Century Pentecostal Hermeneutics: More "Evangelical" than "Pentecostal? The Test Case of Gordon Fee 73

General Hermeneutical Principles of Gordon D. Fee

Hermeneutics and Pentecostal Theology

The Pentecostal Response


5 Postmodernity, Pentecostalism: and Rudolf Bultmann 96

The Life and Times of Bultmann


Bultmann's Legacy: The Jesus Seminar

The Bultmannian Legacy and Postmoderns

A Pentecostal Conclusion

6 Pentecostal Hermeneutics for the Twenty-First Century: Kenneth J, Archer's Proposal 122

Introductory Remarks for the Readers

Denning Pentecostalism

Shifting Paradigms

Early Pentecostal Biblical Interpretation

Pentecostal Story

Current Pentecostal Hermeneutical Concerns

A Contemporary Pentecostal Hermeneutical Strategy

Evaluation and Conclusion

7 The Role of the Holy Spirit in Hermeneutics: The Pentecostal Edge? 146

The Role of the Holy Spirit in Hermeneutics: A Deafening Silence

Why must the Holy Spirit be Involved?

How does the Holy Spirit aid in Illumination?

A Distinctive Pentecostal (and Postmodern) Hermeneutic?

Experiential Verification: The Pentecostal Edge?


8 Conclusion and Contribution 176

Contributions of this Work

Implications of this Work and Areas of Needed Research

Bibliography 183

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